Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
LOL - "She's got allergies" that's cute. Couldn't be the dust in the arena? Noooo. lol.
First of all, you are a soft rider. There is nothing wrong with that, it is nice to see since so many are focused on pulling their horses faces down into a false frame and all that jazz.
You need to get your legs under you. They are too forward for doing flat work. While your leg position is acceptable for jumping, since you want your legs wrapped around your horses girth, that position is unfunctional for dressage or aka flat work.
I like how you look into your turns and you are looking forward and ahead which is great. Your hands are lovely and I like that you are carrying them. They could be a smidge up more, with your elbows closed more - but I can't complain.
The Mare is going around nice and quiet for you, which is nice and she is adorable. But there is no functionallity in your riding, to make her functional in her movement and work.
Yes, she is going around nice and quiet and doing as you ask - but she's not working, and nor are you.
Sometimes I see a rider who is unbalanced at times. There are times where your upper body rocks back and then it rocks forward, and then it rocks back - you are loosing your seat here and there, and are not using your core what-so-ever.
It is hard to tell with your baggy fleece pull over, to decipher whether your lower back is strait or arched. But what I want you to do, is tuck your tail bone under you slightly, straiten your back and activate your core.
Your tummy muscles SHOULD SCREAM HELLO HERE I AM every single time you ride. I guarantee you 8 out of 10 riders DO NOT use their cores when they ride *numbers vary depending on coaching and level of riding* and most of the riders I see on here, do not.
Talk to Anebel and Spyder about using your core when you ride, they will greatly help you. Don't feel bad, I was one of those riders who didn't, until I found my new Eventing Coach - who makes me work bloody murder during our lessons.
Trust me, when you activate your core, you activate your seat and riding.
So back to topic, due to this, she *the horse* is going around getting away with having to do anything. She's just trotting or just going forward - that's it. Which is fine, if that is all that you wanted - but if it were I on her it would be different.
There is no engagement, she is not tracking up, not on her back end, heavy on her front and her head is high, back is dropped and all her energy is gushing out her front end.
But, that's a whole other topic of discussion.
The 2nd video - was completely your fault. You were looking down at the jump, you were allowing her to take a look going "Hmmmmm" and you allowed her to escape to the inside.
Even though you had already walked her over them, you looked which created her to look.
Next time, look up, find your focal point beyond the obsticle and focus on that. Sit deep, wrap your legs around her, and make sure your aids are not allowing her to escape.
She escaped because you had no inside aids on her. Your left leg wasn't blocking and your left rein wasn't blocking. You dropped your shoulders, you dropped her head and your hands.
It wasn't Annie - it was you. The rider, the guider, the steerer.
Lift your shoulders, carry yourself, use your core, be fucntional through your riding, to make your horse functional. It takes a long time, and it takes instruction from a coach who is knowledgebale enough to get their riders to that point of education.
You have a great basis, a great foundtation - now build on that to make yourself even better.